I wonder how well this actually worked?
Herb it works with tractors quite well. I'll bet he ate and pooped more often than that team of T needed gas or a rest.
With all the discussion about how to properly jack up a T rear end and not damage it, wouldn't there be problems with this guy's set-up?
Can't really tell, but he must be using a hillside plow as the photo does not seem to be reversed. KGB
The rear axle and drive shaft would be stronger in this direction than if lifting the car from the center of the differential since there is a direct connection from the wheels to the u-joint housing by the radius rods and also a direct connection from the pull rope attachment to the u-joint with the drive shaft housing, so no large bending forces in the rear axle housing.
Now, this car may have had an accessory trans with a low granny gear to be able to cut through the dirt like that and if they were trying to pull tree stumps after plowing, then I think there would be more of a risk for a bent housing.. Many rear axles we find today looks like they really were pulling stumps quite often..
I wonder if the low band held up for plowing the whole field, though? It might be just a funny photo like the boasting postcards with oversized crops from the era?
That looks easier than the way my uncle and his stepson did it.
Dang Steve. At least they were taking turns pulling.
Except they were cultivating vs ploughing. Much less effort although still hard work.
For cryn' out loud the guy is plowing (or whatever) with a tie on! Any particular reason you mention he's a step son Steve? Now as to the car, and barring an aux trans, wouldn't this be hell on the low band? Even with going into neutral to re-oil it, which by the way would cause a complete stop, I can see a band replacement job after each plowing job. Still I guess you gotta' do what you gotta' do.
I think that's a "breaker" plow. Besides a coulter ahead of the plowshare, there was a heavy knife-like share ahead of the coulter that simply cut the ground open. Don't know what that part is called but "sod knife" seems appropriate.
I'm guessing that car is at least a 17-18-19, because of the rear fenders, gas lamps, two man top and headstone rear window. So for that time period, it probably was cheaper to replace a band than purchase a tractor of the time.
I had a plow like that in my home garden. My neighbor suggested that I strap my wife into the harness to pull the plow..NOT
She did not see any humor in that suggestion.
Looks like a 15 or 16 with an earlier tail light.
For those with a sick sense of humor, who saw the film Borat, he complained that when his wife was young, she could pull a plow for 12 hours, now she's only good for 4 hours.
"They shall beat their Fords into plowshares"
This is a post card from a series on Fords.
Others show a guy holding up the front of a T with the caption
"No jack necessary for a Ford"
Another shows a Touring with a person under the back wheel laying on his stomach with a smile on his face it says
"No harm done if you do run over people with a Ford."
The same car is used in all the cards.
Louizie Smith could'a done it.
Love to see the other cards if anyone has them.
I can guarantee you that a T will NOT pull a "breaking plow" in sod like this picture shows, not unless it has some sort of an auxiliary transmission, been there, done that. The weak point was always the T transmission, the low band went real quick, if it held, then the car would stall out. I have pulled what we called a "sweep" to run middles in a garden, before stuff came up, but that was loose dirt, and you were just skimming the surface. I have pulled a harrow with a T some in a plowed field, but if the dirt began to build up, it just wouldn't go. Now a T tractor conversion was a totally different proposition, those I fooled with worked very well.
My wheels slip and get stuck if i drive in mud like that.
I wonder if the car goes when he yells, "Getty-up"?